As we steam our way into the second half of 2014, we find ourselves in an even steadier Solar Power market in Queensland.
2014 has been an ‘ever settling’ year for the Qld Solar Power Industry, with a small speed bump just recently, in July, with the introduction of new Energex and Ergon requirements for Grid Connected Solar Power Installations.
Looking back over previous years, we have seen the abrupt reductions, and removals, of Government subsidised “Feed-in-Tariffs”, as well as massive reductions in the STC rebate scheme.
Even just at the beginning of this year we saw a number of DC Isolators recalled from the market due to faults that were discovered to pose a significant risk.
Sadly, these factors have somewhat prolonged a general feeling of confusion and apprehension by many people, towards Solar Power.
On top of this, the above mentioned issues have contributed to (but must not be blamed for) what I call, the “shooting star”, short-lived, rise and fall of so many large and small Solar Companies.
This, in turn, has only exacerbated the public’s hesitance towards Solar Power, due to the concern of the validity of long term servicing and warranty promises.
The Good News: This “settling” of the Solar Power market in Queensland (due to the factors previously mentioned) is largely influencing the “fly by nighter” and “cash grab” companies to leave the industry due to more moderate profit margins now being general practice.
On the other end of the spectrum, it is important to continue to practice caution towards the dirt cheap Solar System prices still available also, as the figure of speech goes “if it seems too good to be true, it probably is!”
Most often cheap solar prices mean cheap products, cheap installation, and cheap after sales service.
“So, what now?”
The prevailing message is that now, more than ever before, you have a far higher potential of finding a Queensland Solar Power Company whose intentions are to provide you with a quality service, right from first point of connection through to after sales service, all at a fair price.
In order to find such a company, I would encourage you to:
1. Look Local!
A number of positives here including greater ease to reach your Solar Company for support and assistance, as they are geographically closer.
2. Enquire as to the Vision of the Company.
If you want a great Solar Power System, great Solar installation, and great ongoing Service, ask your prospective Solar Company representative what they are passionate about? It should be about seeing their customers benefit from the awesome advantages of Solar Power!
3. Trust your gut instinct.
When asking questions like the one previously posed, ask yourself “Is the person genuine?” “Are they really interested in what is best for me, or are they just looking for an easy sale?”
4. Ensure things are explained in terms you understand.
Make sure prospective benefits of Solar Power for you, are explained clearly and you are shown how it will specifically affect your situation, not how it will affect a generic household! It is important that your pattern of power consumption is taken into consideration.
My team and I would love to assist you with any or your solar queries, concerns or questions.
Don’t hesitate to contact us on (07) 3633 0163.
Until next time, enjoy the sunshine!
Israel Vogel, Owner & Director.